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My heart, I do not place in
the thick tar pits of deep black.
Unwise to do so for the
restoration of it would be difficult.


Nor do I place it in the hands
of the devil to be used as an inkwell
to break his deals with crackheads
and worn out rockstars searching for
omnipotent glory.


However, how inadequate am I as
I am weighed down by the yoke
of my curse?
Like a worm lying helpless within the
morning ground for the birds to pick at.


If only I held the strength of Samson
to break the walls that hold this
rotten cadaver of mine.
Or the wisdom of Solomon to outwit
any pantheon of gods that aim to keep
me in my unrest.


I am a brother of wolves, apart
from humankind.
The lute plays for me a song in
the sight of my struggle as I beg and welcome any warm bosom to come
my way through the snowy dens of insufferable majesty.


Although, to have breath in my lungs is to have hope in the sight of predators.
To possess a shield in the sight of arrows seeped in shameful malice.
All in hopes of grabbing a hold of a flourishing spirit once more.
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Eremitik Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2017
Those last two verses really pull this together for me. Well done.
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BlakeHargrave Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2017  Student General Artist
Thank you very much! I am happy you enjoyed and that it has left a kind of impression on you.
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Eremitik Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2017
It has. I have found quite a few new writers here in these past couple weeks that I have really enjoyed. You being one of them.
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BlakeHargrave Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017  Student General Artist
I am glad to be one of them. :D
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MongolianViking Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Beautiful. You are an exemplary poet.
❤⚘😄
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BlakeHargrave Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017  Student General Artist
Thank you very much! :heart: :D
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Moltenkitty Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2017  Student General Artist
This is really deep. I love that it conveys a different message each time you read it depending on what angle one takes whilst reading, also that every reader will see it differently according to themselves as people.
Very rich and well written :)
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:iconblakehargrave:
BlakeHargrave Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2017  Student General Artist
Thank you very much! I truly appreciate your comment. ^^ :heart: and I am glad you enjoyed it. :)
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Moltenkitty Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2017  Student General Artist
You're quite welcome :)
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BlakeHargrave Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2017  Student General Artist
:) :)
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jhames34 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
I've never been any good at poetry deciphering but here's one observation I made reading thid...if I'm to gather you're saying you're separate from the rest of humanity maybe a wolf is not the animal to choose as a metaphor as they move in packs...not being critical, I may have missed the point of what you were saying, and I nitpick stupid little things thst don't matter. Also I just learned to read
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BlakeHargrave Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Student General Artist
I think when I wrote that part, I meant it as saying I am not human but something else. But you are very right about it too because it could have meant something else if I worded it a bit different. Like you said. However, even when I look back at it, it could be taken as how you view it because it kind of contradicts the whole meaning of the poem but I am not one hundred percent sure because to be comepletely honest, if the meaning isn't 100 percent clear, some things in my poetry could be lost in translation. So who the hell knows what I was completely thinking when I wrote it. XD but this is also why I take a long time writing a poem and revising because I want to avoid problems like this. Your comment is soooo appreciated, by the way. Truly, man. It reminded me that I should be careful in the future.
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jhames34 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you got that my comment is meant constructivy...i get a sense thst you may approach poetry the way I approach art. I just let it poor out of me and I hope for the best...actually I approach it with no end game in mind usually, I try to create something the audience can interpret freely..."It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors" Oscar Wilde. You ever read the preface for "the picture of Dorian gray? I find it mind blowing and worth revisiting every couple years or so...
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BlakeHargrave Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Student General Artist
Yes, of course. :)
I do plan out my poetry and the message I wish to convey but it isn't perfect all the time and sometimes I scrap the whole thing. Sometimes I don't even know where I'm going or how to start. It can be a struggle. That quote is beautiful, by the way. I've never read the preface of the book, I don't think.
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jhames34 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
To me each sentence is a stand alone statement about art, yet they come together to form a VERY big picture...
"The artist is the creator of beautiful things.

To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim.

The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things.

The highest, as the lowest, form of criticism is a mode of autobiography.

Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault.

Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope.

They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty.

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.

The nineteenth century dislike of Realism is the rage of Caliban seeing his own face in a glass.

The nineteenth century dislike of Romanticism is the rage of Caliban not seeing his own face in a glass.

The moral life of man forms part of the subject-matter of the artist, but the morality of art consists in the perfect use of an imperfect medium.

No artist desires to prove anything. Even things that are true can be proved.

No artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style.

No artist is ever morbid. The artist can express everything.

Thought and language are to the artist instruments of an art.

Vice and virtue are to the artist materials for an art.

From the point of view of form, the type of all the arts is the art of the musician. From the point of view of feeling, the actor’s craft is the type.

All art is at once surface and symbol.

Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.

Those who read the symbol do so at their peril.

It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.

Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital.

When critics disagree the artist is in accord with himself.

We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely.

All art is quite useless."

Oscar Wilde.
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BlakeHargrave Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Student General Artist
Very interesting words to ponder on.
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BlakeHargrave Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Student General Artist
Or maybe it doesn't contradict the whole meaning? I don't know. XD
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27400 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017
Superb 
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BlakeHargrave Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Student General Artist
Thank you once again. :)
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KatyaHam Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I cannot believe how great this property is! You are a master with words
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BlakeHargrave Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Student General Artist
Thank you very much. :D I'm glad you think so! I didn't know that. xD
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Laughin-Annie Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
So beautiful I am lost for words!! 
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BlakeHargrave Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Student General Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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Laughin-Annie Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome!! :D 
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BlakeHargrave Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Student General Artist
:) :) !
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LovinSpoonfuls Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your attention to detail when you write, is astounding, Sweetheart. You painted such a vivid picture. 

You verse beautifully. :love:
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BlakeHargrave Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Student General Artist
Thank you very much! Your words are much appreciated. :love:
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LovinSpoonfuls Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's my pleasure, hon! ❤
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BlakeHargrave Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Student General Artist
:hug: :heart:
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LovinSpoonfuls Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:huggle: :heart:
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Ambruno Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am not one to elaborate with words.. usually wow  and awesome seep from my tongue...my high school english teacher gave up on me... So I stay on the side of the arts where insight of the soul is a wisp of yellow and gold the blue of the sea or eye of a pretty girl. You have inspired me... help.... only kidding I am no poet that is for sure. I do like this... I'd be interested in reading more
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BlakeHargrave Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Student General Artist
Lol if you ever decide to start writing any poetry, then I definitely have great faith that you can achieve it. Thank you for reading! :)
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Ambruno Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for writing
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BlakeHargrave Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Student General Artist
It is always my pleasure to do so. :)
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cubicmicron Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
In general, I have a difficult time reading (comprehending) poetry.  This is very much poetry in my opinion, yet not hard on the reader.  It flows and I feel as if it is going someplace from one line to the next.  I am happy to go along.
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BlakeHargrave Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Student General Artist
Thank you very much!
I can understand that. I am happy my poetry is easier to understand, however. Even with your difficulty comprehending poetry, you still decided to read. So, I appreciate that very much as well.
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27400 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017
Magnificent 
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:iconblakehargrave:
BlakeHargrave Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017  Student General Artist
Thank you very much!
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27400 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017
You're welcome! A great read,very interesting and very well described.
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:iconblakehargrave:
BlakeHargrave Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017  Student General Artist
I appreciate your words! These days I have been taking my time with writing. Going days just working on a single poem.
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27400 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017
Patience is certainly a virtue,I like patience in art,this way,we learn from what we are making,share a mindful relationship with it,raise it,nurture it,untill it is time for it to leave the nest!
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BlakeHargrave Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017  Student General Artist
Exactly! Couldn't have said it better myself. :)
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Countrygal4ever Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
That was beautiful
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BlakeHargrave Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Student General Artist
Thank you very much!
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SenoritaBlack Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017
:clap:
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BlakeHargrave Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017  Student General Artist
Thank you! :)
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Professional Photographer
Wonderful work, Blake :thumbsup:
Defining line 4 me:
"The lute plays for me a song in
the sight of my struggle..."
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BlakeHargrave Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Student General Artist
Ah, thank you very much! :D
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Gmatty Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017
Excellent piece!  
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BlakeHargrave Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017  Student General Artist
Thank you, Matty! :)
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